The group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup was one of the best in recent history with every team scoring a goal and over 100 goals being scored in total. However it’s time to get down to the business end of the biggest tournament in the world with the knock out rounds. In the next 4 days the remaining 16 teams will be whittled down to just 8 and there’s plenty to look out for on the Fantasy Football side of things.
France vs Argentina
It’s hard to imagine either of these teams going out before the quarter finals but one of them has to go and if you look at their group stage performances, there’s a clear winner – and it wont please Lionel Messi.
France eased through their group while Argentina qualified with less than 10 minutes to go. Both sides have strong attacking sides with the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann lining out for Les Bleus while the South Americans have top players such as Dybala and Messi so I’d avoid defenders on either team as I cant see either keeping a clean sheet.
TOP PICK: Antoine Griezmann
WILDCARD: Angel Di Maria
Uruguay vs Portugal
Ronaldo takes on Suarez in this tight fixture between two sides that performed very well in their group matches. However Portugal have been very dependant on Cristiano Ronaldo and though he will most likely score in the game, can he continue to carry his side through to the Quarter finals?
Ronaldo is the obvious pick in any game featuring Portugal but Uruguayan defensive players such as Diego Godin and Fernando Muslera would lead the way for me in this match.
TOP PICK: Diego Godin
WILDCARD: Joao Mario
Spain vs Russia
Russia have surprised us all by getting out of the group stage ahead of Egypt but unfortunately I think this is as far as the hosts will go. Spain for me have been the strongest team so far in the World Cup and I don’t think the Russians should prove much of a problem.
If you do fancy Russia getting lucky, picking an attacking player such as Golovin or Cheryschev is your best bet. Though he pops up with crucial goals every now and then, usually with his head, I always advise against picking Sergio Ramos to your team as he has proven time and time again that he will do anything to help his team progress, even if it means a yellow card or two. Also David de Gea has made just one save and conceded 5 goals in this world cup so I’ll be choosing a different keeper for the rest of the world cup.
TOP PICK: Diego Costa
WILDCARD: Jordi Alba
Croatia vs Denmark
This should be one of the most entertaining round of 16 games with both of these teams capable of beating the other. They both performed very well in their groups and Croatia are being tipped by some to go all the way.
On the fantasy football side of things, this one is hard to call. This game screams either a 5-5 or a 0-0 so going with defenders could be risky but could prove very rewarding. I’ll be going with two midfielders as these teams play like no other in the centre of the pitch.
TOP PICK: Luka Modric
WILDCARD: Christian Eriksen